Posted: July 25, 2019
the dti Campaign to Create Awareness About Its Legislation in Free State Has Achieved Its Objectives
|The Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) has concluded a three-day policy and legislation education awareness campaign to the Free State. The campaign targeted the municipalities of Setsoto, Matjhabeng and Mangaung from 23-25 July 2019.
Speaking in Thaba Nchu, on the last leg of the campaign, the Director of Lotteries Law and Policy at the dti, Ms Tebogo Tsotetsi, sad the campaign managed to deliver the intended objective which was to education the communities about their rights and responsibilities and create awareness about the laws administered by the dti.
“There is still a lot of work to be done for all the citizens to know and understand these laws that protect them. We remain committed and will continue working with the municipalities and other stakeholders to educate our communities. It was encouraging to see community members participating in the sessions and asking questions in the areas of company registration, funding opportunities, consumer protection and rights. They indicated they have great ideas that they want to protect and want to own businesses and create employment. Those with businesses pleaded with the funders to provide funding for their businesses,” said Tsotetsi.
The Director of Gambling Law and Policy at the dti, Mr Nkoetse Mashamaite said gambling activities that were not authorised in terms of the legislation were illegal.
“Gambling responsibly starts with gambling at authorised outlets and knowing when to stop. Illegal gambling takes place without tax contributions, therefore government loses revenue,” said Mashamaite.
The Education and Communication Officer of the National Credit Regulator (NCR), Ms Zonke Majola pointed to the community that they had rights to get assistance when they were over-indebted and to get protection from unfair business practices. She cautioned that the assistance provided by the NRC did not take away their responsibility to service their debts.
“Stay away from cheap uncertified products, they are not safe. Scrutinise products before you buy and complain if you are not happy with the product. It is your right,” advised the Consumer Awareness Officer of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), Mr William Tladi.
Those in sport and recreation, arts, culture, national heritage and charities where encouraged to approach the national lotteries commission for good course funding. Qualifying non-profit organisations were invited to apply for funding in these areas for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020.
The campaign aimed to educate members of the public about their rights and responsibilities afforded to them by the the Liquor, National Gambling, Lotteries, National Credit, Consumer Protection, Copyright, Performers Protection, Merchandise Marks and Companies Acts.